Does the 7D show the focus distance?

Started Dec 11, 2011 | Discussions thread
TimR32225
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EXIF focus distance looks inaccurate...
In reply to twan, Dec 16, 2011

The prior discussion aside (seeing the distance while shooting), the focus distance that shows up in EXIF data seems to be inaccurate.

I say this because I just went back and looked at 2 days of photos shot with the 7d and 500f4 and 70-200 f2.8IS, and I noticed a lot of focus distance numbers are repeated even when I was not shooting at the subject from the exact same spot. I would expect some slight variation since the numbers are expressed to one decimal point in meters. But the numbers are all very similar. Even when shooting from a different place there are lots of occasions where the same distance number is repeated many times. It seems to be an approximation at best.
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